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The Arbor

Overview

Andrea Dunbar was a British playwright whose work reflected the gritty realities of life in working-class Bradford, West Yorkshire. Dunbar knew of what she wrote -- she grew up in a Bradford housing project, had children by three different men, was a victim of domestic violence, and struggled with alcoholism before she died in 1990 when she was only 29. Andrea's daughter Lorraine Dunbar inherited her gift with language, but also her weaknesses; she also dealt with unhappy relationships with men, worked as a ...
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Overview

Andrea Dunbar was a British playwright whose work reflected the gritty realities of life in working-class Bradford, West Yorkshire. Dunbar knew of what she wrote -- she grew up in a Bradford housing project, had children by three different men, was a victim of domestic violence, and struggled with alcoholism before she died in 1990 when she was only 29. Andrea's daughter Lorraine Dunbar inherited her gift with language, but also her weaknesses; she also dealt with unhappy relationships with men, worked as a prostitute, became addicted to hard drugs, and served time for manslaughter when her two-year-old son died after drinking her methadone. Filmmaker Clio Barnard set out to tell the story of Andrea Dunbar's brief, troubled life and the neighborhood where she lived and wrote, and The Arbor is a unique mixture of documentary and narrative filmmaking. In addition to interviews with members of Andrea Dunbar's family and residents of Bradford's Buttershaw estates, where Dunbar's plays took place which are lip-synched by actors to create a distancing effect, the film includes passages from Dunbar's first play, also called The Arbor, played out against the real-life locations where the story is set. The Arbor received its world premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2011
  • EAN: 5055159277976
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Source: Ais
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 83,555

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Manjinder Virk Participant
Christine Bottomley Participant
Monica Dolan Participant
Neil Dudgeon Participant
Danny Webb Participant
Jimi Mistry Participant
Robert Emms Participant
Natalie Gavin Participant
Kathryn Pogson Participant
George Costigan Participant
Technical Credits
Clio Barnard Director, Screenwriter
Tim Barker Sound/Sound Designer
Scott Bassett Production Manager
Ole Bratt Birkeland Cinematographer, Costumes/Costume Designer
Lucy Bright Production Designer
Matt Button Production Designer
Holly Escott Score Composer
Nick Fenton Cinematographer, Editor
Daniel Goddard Editor
Harry Escott Score Composer
Amy Hubbard Casting
Molly Nyman Score Composer
Michael Morris Executive Producer
Tracy O'Riordan Producer
Matthew Price Costumes/Costume Designer
Sue Wyburgh Makeup
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